unique gifts
for unique kids

We didn’t want to let everyone else have all the fun, so put together our own holiday gift list! We partnered with Toy Ideas for tips and tricks with an OT perspective.

Here is our list of special finds for kids and kids at heart.

Bonus: We selected the items that specifically inspire creativity, curiosity, communication, and help build confidence.

We’ve included online links for your convenience to independent sellers as well as Amazon.

 
 
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RECORDMANIA: ATLAS OF THE INCREDIBLE

Hot off the press! A fresh new alternative to the all too familiar Guinness Book of World Records.

For the curious, the brave, the bookworms, the nonconformists, ages 8 +

 
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AQUA ZULES CRAZY PUZZLE

Let your imagination run wild. There’s no wrong way to put together these creatures. These creatures will inspire drawings, stories, and games.

For the creative, the nature lovers, nonconformists, 3+

Available at MoMA gift shop.

 
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GIANT COLORING POSTER

Next time your child covers the walls in markers, compliment them on developing their wrist strength and empower them to keep building those vital muscles by getting them this giant poster. Writing, drawing, coloring on a vertical surfaces helps kids develop wrist strength and  that helps them write in school.

For the artist, the interior decorator, the rule breaker.

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ALL ABOARD- LET’S RIDE THE TRAIN

Yes it’s another train book. This one is extra special as it folds out to be nearly 4 feet long and comes with smart questions and discussion prompts to inspire close looking.

For the train lover, the explorer,  3+

 
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Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: With Artwork by Yayoi Kusama

What a perfect combination! Reimagine the adventures of Alice with the help of unique visuals by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama

For the artsy, the eccentric, the book collector.

 
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3DUX

Now that you have a ton of amazon boxes in your house, put them to good creative use with this awesome invention.

For the inventor, the environmentalist, the architect.

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The Amazing Clock Kit

Learn how clocks work by building your own. Fun adult and child project!

For the curious, the engineer, the take-everything-apart-type, ages 5+

 
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MY FIRST CHESS SET

First chess set, or the only chess set I ever want to play again? Fun characters, bright colors. Child not into chess? use the pieces for pretend play!

For the gamer, the animal lover, the logician.

artful experiences

Here are some ideas the whole family can enjoy.

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Dinosaurs

They are great for stacking, for pretend play, for mischievousness around the house and great for delivering tickets to a museum of natural history near you.

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Pottery classes

Spend time together making things you will cherish and use at home.

This one is our personal neighborhood favorite.

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Art Museum Membership

A family membership to a children’s museum near you is a gift that keeps on giving!

where to shop

In addition to these suggestion, we recommend checking out independent toy stores and the shops at your favorite museums to support diverse businesses.

 

Museum Shops

Museum shops are a treasure trove of unique, artsy gifts for inspiring creativity.

 

Playing Mantis, NYC

This New York City gem has a spectacular collection of high end toys. that often look like exquisite artworks and you begin to question your sanity as you hand them over to children.


Norman & Jules, Brooklyn, NY

Norman & Jules has a wonderful collection of organic, environmentally and socially conscious toys and activity sets.

 

everyday gifts

you don’t need the holidays to make
these everyday things into special gifts

 
 

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cardboard boxes

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old technology

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fabrics and old clothes

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natural materials

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